Pictured is Rosie Marcum, a 11th grader at Jackson High School, who earned Best of Show this year. Marcum’s canvas piece of artwork next to her is entitled “empowerment.” (Telegram Photo by Jeremiah Shaver)
Pictured is Rosie Marcum, a 11th grader at Jackson High School, who earned Best of Show this year. Marcum’s canvas piece of artwork next to her is entitled “empowerment.” (Telegram Photo by Jeremiah Shaver)

The Jackson High School (JHS) Arts Festival brought together parents, students and the community for an “Alice in Wonderland” theme.

The Arts Festival entitled “A Walk in Wonderland” was held over the course of two days (May 5-6) in the JHS Fieldhouse. In addition to almost 500 pieces of artwork, the festival also featured cornhole and Italian Ice.

Jackson High School Art Teacher Shaun Gentry was very proud of this year’s festival.

“Probably my favorite project we did this year was a collaborative effort with all of the fourth graders at the three elementary schools in the Jackson City School District,” said Gentry. “The fourth graders designed an original monster then some of my art students recreated it on paper and some of them recreated it in 3D in the computer and 3D printed and painted it.”

The JHS Arts Festival winners were:

Portraits:

Patricia Swisher, 1st

Jenna Lewis, 2nd

Deonna Huston, 3rd

Surreal Visions:

Markaela Simms, 1st

Rosie Marcum, 2nd

Heather Kieffer, 3rd

Photography:

Lenora Fornash, 1st

Sabella McCarty, 2nd

Sabrina Newsome, 3rd

Nose Studies:

Sarah Kent, 1st

Jacey Hively, 2nd

Abi Baker, 3rd

Head Studies:

Meghan Ramirez, 1st

Shelby Vickers, 2nd

Jaelyn Duncan, 3rd

Digital Art:

Gia Rossum, 1st

Heather Kieffer, 2nd

Gia Rossum, 3rd

Sketchbook:

Rosie Marcum, 1st

Heather Kieffer, 2nd

Deonna Huston, 3rd

Stipple Art:

Kali Simms, 1st

Presley Sexton, 2nd

Mya Dummitt, 3rd

Boots:

Isaac Slark, 1st

Shelby Vickers, 2nd

Garret Carper, 3rd

Sandwiches:

Shelby Vickers, 1st

Evie Mullins, 2nd

Lacie Long, 3rd

Dream Animals:

Heather Kieffer, 1st

Deonna Huston, 2nd

Jacey Hively, 3rd

Character Heads:

Allie Bradbury, 1st

Mya Dummitt, 2nd

Marcus Naugle, 3rd

Illustration:

Jenna Lewis, 1st

Rosie Marcum, 2nd

Jayde Butcher, 3rd

Mouth Studies:

Jayde Butcher, 1st

Evie Mullins, 2nd

Sabella McCarty, 3rd

Conceptual:

Rosie Marcum, 1st

Jenna Lewis, 2nd

Deonna Huston, 3rd

Animal Studies:

Shelby Vickers, 1st

Abbi Baker, 2nd

McKenzie Blamer, 3rd

Split Faces:

Jenna Lewis, 1st

Allie Bradbury, 2nd

Robert Andress, 3rd

Bird Studies:

Deonna Huston, 1st

Robert Andress, 2nd

Mya Dummitt, 3rd

Skull Studies:

Sarah Kent, 1st

Shelby Vickers, 2nd

Ava Coughlin, 3rd

Eyes Studies:

Shelby Vickers, 1st

Jacey Hively, 2nd

Abigail Baker, 3rd

X-Ray Hands:

Chloe O'Connor, 1st

Rosie Marcum, 2nd

Gia Rossum, 3rd

Scribble Portraits:

Jenna Lewis, 1st

MacKenzie Perry, 2nd

Mya Dummitt, 3rd

Northview Creatures:

Heather Kieffer, 1st

Hannah Tyler, 2nd

Kairi France, 3rd

Southview Creatures:

Deonna Huston, 1st

Eris Staten, 2nd

Mya Dummitt, 3rd

Westview Creatures:

MacKenzie Perry, 1st

Shawna Porter, 2nd

Eris Staten, 3rd

Memory Project:

Patricia Swisher, 1st

Jenna Lewis, 2nd

Heather Kieffer, 3rd

Canvas:

Rosie Marcum, 1st

Heather Kieffer, 2nd

Hannah Tyler, 3rd

Framed Work:

Jenna Lewis, 1st

Heather Kieffer, 2nd

Miah King, 3rd

Out of the almost 500 pieces of artworks on display, one student received the title of Best of Show. Rosie Marcum, a 11th grader at Jackson High School, who is in Gentry’s Art III class received this honor.

Marcum won first place and Best of Show with a canvas piece of artwork she entitled “empowerment.” She started painting it in June 2021.

“It’s not quite finished but its slowing coming together,” explained Marcum. “Last summer I started getting more into feminism, and women empowerment.”

Marcum said, “A lot of women… especially people like me. I am a bi-racial woman, we are oppressed… we don’t have a voice. This piece kind of shows that we are creative as people not just as women and men but just people.”